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Jordan to Back Israeli Control of Jordan Valley in Any Peace Deal

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JNS.org Jordan will back Israeli control of the Jordan Valley in any peace deal with the Palestinians, according to an anonymous senior Israel official.

“They (Jordan) pressure the Americans to accept Israel’s security demands that they also protect the kingdom of Jordan,” a senior Israeli source told Maariv following U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region.

As part of any peace deal with the Palestinians, Netanyahu has long insisted that Israel retain the Jordan Valley as a security buffer on any attacks from the east, including Iranian missiles. Palestinian negotiators have rejected the plan.

The senior Israeli official told Maariv that Netanyahu is determined to finish building the border fence between Israel and Jordan, a move that Jordan also sees as beneficial to its security.

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